A little history

Having appeared around the time of the Renaissance, lace quickly spread throughout in our regions. In Brussels, lace makers incorporated two techniques, either separately or combined: the bobbin and the needle.
In the 18th century onwards, Brussels lace reached its zenith. It was admired for the quality and refinement of its motifs, but also for the finesse of the linen threads used in production. The technique of making lace from separate pieces also contributed to this renown. A veritable small-scale lace industry was established in Brussels. Both male and female lace merchants employed many small hands, and achieved high social standing.

 Brussels lace was exported throughout Europe. In 1662, the English parliament went as far as banning imports of lace into the country. The English nobility had been spending a fortune on Brussels lace. In order to continue selling it, Belgian lacemakers simply changed the name of their product. As such, Brussels lace became English point.

From the end of the 18th century onwards, the Brussels lace industry began to decline. In the 19th century, mechanised methods such as mechanical netting gradually replaced manual work. The Brussels lace industry disappeared after the First World War. From this point onwards, lace was no longer produced by hand. Present-day lace from Brussels is composed of lacing produced per metre by machines.